Technical Updates

Thursday, 31 January 2013

FSC Certified Logs (© Elie Hakizumwami)© Elie Hakizumwami

The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) came into force on 3rd March 2013, making it illegal to place illegally harvested timber and timber products on the EU market.

On 3 March 2013, the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) came into force. Companies importing timber and certain wood products need to apply a due diligence system to reduce the chance that illegal harvested timber is involved. The Regulation does not give a green lane for voluntary certification schemes, but allows the use of such schemes as part of the due diligence system.

In a new guide FSC explains how, for FSC certified products and Controlled Wood materials, the FSC scheme indeed forms a valid contribution to due diligence systems. It goes into detail on the specific conditions the EU has put for such schemes, and how FSC complies with its principles and criteria, standards, advice notes and accreditation and verification requirements. You can find this guide for download below.

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